Great to have you visit Summer Isles Studio’s website to view my ceramics inspired by life around Achiltibuie and the Summer Isles!
I am producing a range of bright and bold designs generally themed on the sea and the life and activities associated with it … but if the muse leads me in other directions I will go and explore the possibilities there too – so although you’ll find the oystercatchers, barnacle geese, fishing boats, mackerel and lobsters, you’ll not find the cheetahs that stalk some of my bowls.
Every piece is hand decorated by me, so each varies, perhaps subtly, perhaps boldly. Except for occasional experimental pieces, and unlike many commercial potteries, I don’t use pre-printed ‘transfers’ to give decoration and pattern. Rather I use the traditional Scottish Spongeware technique – sponges I have cut myself to create repeat patterns – or I paint with my glazes freehand and use the ‘sgraffito’ method (scraping through glaze to reveal underlying colour and texture) to produce my pieces. As befits their individually unique status I hand sign each piece before its final kiln firing.
My platters, bowls and pitchers are generally slip-cast for me in the shapes I want using high quality clays – the biggest bowls ring like a bell! Then I apply layers of glaze in a variety of ways to build up the surface design, often finishing with a thick layer of clear glaze to give a lovely rich, glossy finish to each piece.
Having started my business from my home in Polbain overlooking the Summer Isles in 2015, I have moved to a new gallery and workshop close by, just along the road. The gallery, ‘Fisk’, is still ‘work in progress’, with some work still to be completed on it, but please come and visit me when you’re next in the area to view the gallery. You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org